Originally Posted by Lucky
It's difficult to grade units individualy because of the impact they have on each other. Such as the D-line not keeping blockers off the LBs, etc. But I will say that that was the worst game I've ever seen Sharper & Foreman have. Sharper played as if he didn't really want to be there, and Foreman just didn't want to hit anyone. I'm not a big fan of Foreman, but he's not as bad as he showed last night. He would have been cut out of the league a long time ago if he was. Wong looked like he needs many more reps at ILB to be effective. With Peek looking as bad as he did, I don't think he gets them.
I see a lot of posts blasting Babin's performance, but it was Peek that the Steelers were steamrolling. Peek has the same problem against the run that he had a year ago, jumping inside and getting sealed. Babin didn't get off his blocks and pursue like the Steelers did, but at least he held up at the point of attack.
Excellent analyis! That is pretty much how I see it too. Peek was really getting sealed inside, allowing running play after running play to bust outside for major yardage. He has to learn to hold up and keep containment. He must force the back back inside where more help is available. If Peek doesn't improve in a huge hurry, he will be relagated to situational pash rusher status, at least for this year. And, although early, I would like to see a more from Babin if he is to start. The problem is if he doesn't start who will? Peek? I think it's going to be baptism by fire for Babin.